By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to The Undefeated, Kevin Durant hopes that the Golden State Warriors retires his jersey one day. He has been with the team the past three seasons.
He believes that he is due a jersey retirement due to the impact that he has had on the team.
“If you put a Durant ’35’ jersey in any NBA arena coming from where I come from … that is why that stuff is important to me, because my family name will be here after I am dead,” he said. “To have that hanging in the arena with one of the best franchises in sports, hell, yeah, that’s a goal.”
The 30-year-old Washington, District of Columbia native has spent the last three seasons with the Warriors. He has guided the team to the Championship in the past two seasons.
This season, he averaged 26 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game in 78 starts. He also averaged 34.6 minutes per contest in the regular season.
In the first game of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, he had 23 points, four rebounds, three assists, and three blocks in the Warriors 121-104 win.
Durant says he will not overshadow his teammates with the looming decision.
“If I already made a decision, it would take away from the team, what we’re fighting for. Every play would be overshadowed by it,” Durant said. “It is not necessary for me to make a decision right now. It would be bad to do that. It would take the focus off of what is important. I would never want to put my teammates in a messed-up position. I want to forget about it.
“But it is still putting everybody in messed-up positions where everybody wants to know all the time, everybody is speculating and everybody is trying to get in my head and what I think about it.”
Following the season regardless of if the Warriors win another championship or not, Durant will be the most coveted free agent once he opts out of his contract.
If the Warriors win the championship once again, they would become just the sixth NBA team ever to win three straight championships. The last team to do it was the 2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers.
“It would mean a lot to me to win a third title. But for Oakland, Oracle Arena, this whole atmosphere here, this is the last playoffs here, so we all have to embrace this and take this all in. It would be amazing,” Durant said.